This is going to be a P. Griffin grind my gears rant.
I'm amazed at the criticism of V. Smith. Just so everyone knows he was playing on a knee that had ACL surgery 8 months before the season started. It would have been easy for him to say well my knee isn't quite right I'll take my redshirt and get back in shape, but no he fought like hell to get back on the field. Who knows if he should have played or not last year, but the fact was that he earned PT over healthier options. This should be applauded not torn apart. His internet aproval rating would have been much better served by being lazy and not even trying to play last year. How nuts is that?
The other criticism is that he's too small. Of all schools we should be the last ones to question a rb's height. Have we forgotten who we are? M. Hart and J. Morris are not all over the record books of Michigan?
I'm all for debate over who's the best rb, but you can't use last years performance from a guy playing at maybe 70-80% as your argument. Go back to those spring videos his 1st year or his play against OSU before he blew out his knee. That's a different guy than we saw last year. I may be one of the few that have seen good things in a lot of our backs when they were healthy and think we will be pleasantly surprised this year whoever emerges from the competition.
My money is on M. Shaw, I still think he has the best combo of burst and toughness, but I'm not basing that on V. Smith's performance last year. The fucking kid was a warrior and we're dissing him because he had the toughness to play on 1 leg?